Le Fief Noir 'Cocagne' Val de Loire IGP 2018
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Dom and Alexis met in Corsica ten years ago, both being there for work opportunities, plus the sun and beach. Dom grew up in Auvergne, France, although his mother was American, and Alexis is from Paris. They both had also previously studied wine in Bordeaux. They then moved to the Loire Valley, bought an estate, and began Le Fief Noir. They decided on the Loire because they wanted to buy land in a region that was much less expensive than say Bordeaux or Burgundy, but they love wines with freshness and tension. Their 25ha estate is all organic, growing chenin blanc, grolleau, cabernet franc and some cabernet sauvignon in different vineyards around the village of St-Lambert du Lattay, not far from Savennières on the south side of the Loire River. In the winery, they are low intervention, only fermenting with natural yeasts with no added products except a tiny addition of sulfur. The wines are lightly filtered and unfined. The “Cocagne” is 100% grolleau from sandy soils on schist that is done with a short maceration where the grapes are destemmed buy not crushed. They remove the juice before it is fully done fermenting and finish it in concrete for six months. The wine is bright and juicy, yet structured, dry, and a touch earthy. It has complex hints of pepper and sherry on the nose with unctuous dark fruit on the palate. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.